The Eastern Bluebird was one of Virginia’s most common songbirds 100 years ago, but their numbers sharply declined through the years in North America due to harsh winters, urban sprawl, lack of dead trees or snags, the introduction of the invasive house sparrow and starling from Europe, a decline in winter food (native berries), pesticides and herbicides, like glyphosate–like RoundUp by Monsanto –( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate ), which can kill bluebirds very quickly, and to predators. Thanks to conservation efforts, such as establishing and monitoring bluebird nestboxes using predator guards, their numbers have increased! Do you have a group interested in hearing more about bluebirds? I am happy to assist to introduce your group to the joys of bluebirding!
PURPOSE: This website and blog is being constructed continuously through my personal learning about bluebirding – first as a new bluebird “watcher” in the Spring of 2006 — to starting my own small bluebird trail in Winter 2007-2008 to help the local Eastern Bluebirds thrive. It is my hope that this is visually appealing, informative, educational, inspiring, and will ultimately help you understand the passion and my own enthusiasm and joy in helping this lovely bird. I thank my talented neighbor for helping me build and install the trail. and assists me year after year in repairs and movement of the nestbox setups to new locations. In addition, many thanks go to all the private residents and businesses in Patrick County for their support of the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail and allowing me to install and monitor nestboxes on their properties. I hope you are enjoy learning about bluebirds through the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail website and blog.
I live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia. I am from the Chicago suburbs where I never saw a bluebird! I am a volunteer for the non-profit Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) as County Coordinator for both Patrick and Floyd Counties. I established the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail commencing Spring 2008 In monitoring and maintaining the nestboxes, I follow the VBS and Virginia Society of Ornithology’s (VSO) Principles of Birding Ethics while collecting accurate records of the cycle of nest building; egg laying, incubating, and counts eggs and hatchings and fledgings of the baby bluebirds. Monitoring detects problems early and provide a greater chance of survival for protected cavity-nesting birds such as the chickadee, titmouse, nuthatch, tree swallow, and the wren; while also looking for signs of house sparrow nesting, ants, blowflies, and wasps that deter and kill birds using the nestboxes and administers remedies to discourage them. The use of predator guards minimize the chance that snakes, squirrels, raccoons, large birds, mice, and cats that prey on the eggs and nestlings. I serve on the Speaker’s Bureau for the North American Bluebird Society, (NABS) and I conduct free educational presentations and workshops to local groups, train beginners in proper nestbox selection and installation and monitoring using VBS recommendations, and will coordinate and include that data for the VBS which is kept in the state’s records and forwarded to NABS and the Transcontinental Bluebird Trail in North America. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 2009 NABS Annual Conference in September Grantville, PA.
The Virginia Bluebird Society (VBS) is an non-profit 501(c) affiliate club of the North American Bluebird Society (NABS) and is a Chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO). It was founded in 1998 to promote bluebirds and other native cavity nesters in Virginia. The Virginia Bluebird Society offers grants for new or refurbished bluebird trails on public lands, for Youth and Scouts groups, and other non-profit/charity organizations interested in installing and monitoring nestboxes. For more information on the joys of bluebirding, installing a nestbox or a monitored bluebird trail, sponsoring a nestbox for the VBS, or VBS grants, contact Christine through this website/blog: http://woolwinehousebluebirdtrail.com or refer to the VBS website: http://www.virginiabluebirds.org In addition to joining the North American Bluebird
Society (NABS), I also joined the North Carolina Bluebird Society (NCBS) as of 2011. In addition to bluebirding and other birdwatching, I anticipate the hummingbirds’ arrivals each Spring through a migration map online: http://www.hummingbirds.net/ At home, there are usually from 8 to 11 hummingbird feeders surrounding the house for a delightful show of the smallest and fastest birds and their humorous antics and beautiful agile flight patterns. Nectar is made daily averaging a gallon made each day! This year, 2013, I am joining the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO), so that I can learn so much more about other birds.
Thanks for visiting my bluebird site! Please feel free to leave comments on this site with your first name only. Your privacy is important to me — your Email address remains private to the public on this site. All comments are screened in advance prior to posting publicly. May blue skies and bluebirds bring you happiness! Grants are available through the Virginia Bluebird Society for your non-profit group wanting to put up a bluebird trail or to refurbish an old abandoned trail…..proud to display memberships to these wonderful organizations: